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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Peter Weir

 
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • Australia
  • 1975
  • 107 minutes
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #29

This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Based on an acclaimed 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock is set at the turn of the twentieth century and concerns a small group of students from an all- female college who vanish, along with a chaperone, while on a St. Valentine’s Day outing. Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir’s gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day.

Cast

Mrs. AppleyardRachel Roberts
Miss McCrawVivean Gray
Mlle. de PoitiersHelen Morse
Miss LumleyKirsty Child
TomAnthony Llewellyn-Jones
MinnieJacki Weaver
Mr. WhiteheadFrank Gunnell
MirandaAnne Lambert
IrmaKaren Robson
MarionJane Vallis
EdithChristine Schuler
SaraMargaret Nelson
RosamundIngrid Mason
BlancheJenny Lovell
JulianaJanet Murray
Sergeant BumpherWyn Roberts
Mrs. BumpherKay Taylor
Constable JonesGarry McDonald
Ben HusseyMartin Vaughan
Dr. McKenzieJack Fegan
Colonel FitzhubertPeter Collingwood
Mrs. FitzhubertOlga Dickie
Michael FitzhubertDominic Guard
Albert CrundallJohn Jarrett

Credits

DirectorPeter Weir
Produced byHal McElroy and Jim McElroy
Executive producerPatricia Lovell
Executive producer for the South Australian Film CorporationJohn Graves
ScreenplayCliff Green
From the novel byJoan Lindsay
Director of photographyRussell Boyd
Art directorDavid Copping
Artistic adviser to the directorMartin Sharp
EditorMax Lemon
Flûte de Pan played byGheorghe Zamfir
Additional original music composed byBruce Smeaton

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • Remastered high-definition digital film transfer, supervised by director Peter Weir, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Extended interview with Weir
  • New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2003 with executive producer Patricia Lovell, producers Hal McElroy and Jim McElroy, and cast members
  • New introduction by film scholar David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
  • A Recollection . . . Hanging Rock 1900 (1975), an on-set documentary hosted by Lovell and featuring interviews with Weir, actor Rachel Roberts, and source novel author Joan Lindsay
  • Homesdale (1971), an award-winning black comedy by Weir
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Megan Abbott and an excerpt from film scholar Marek Haltof’s 1996 book Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide (dual-format only); a new paperback edition of Lindsay’s novel, previously out of print in the U.S. (dual-format only)

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Picnic at Hanging Rock: What We See and What We Seem

By Megan Abbott June 20, 2014

Peter Weir’s sun-dappled, sexually charged nightmare about a disappearance in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Australia still unnerves due to its radical lack of resolution. Read more »


Film Essays

Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Vincent Canby October 19, 1998

Horror need not always be a long-fanged gentleman in evening clothes or a dismembered corpse or a doctor who keeps a brain in his gold fish bowl. It may be a warm sunny day, the innocence of . . . Read more »

Behind the Scenes


Interviews


Film Essays

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Picnic at Hanging Rock: What We See and What We Seem

By Megan Abbott June 20, 2014

Peter Weir’s sun-dappled, sexually charged nightmare about a disappearance in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Australia still unnerves due to its radical lack of resolution. Read more »


One Scene

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One Scene: Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Graham Reznick August 01, 2011

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Film Essays

Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Vincent Canby October 19, 1998

Horror need not always be a long-fanged gentleman in evening clothes or a dismembered corpse or a doctor who keeps a brain in his gold fish bowl. It may be a warm sunny day, the innocence of . . . Read more »